First BMW i8 PHEV sports cars delivered at Pebble Beach

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BMW i8 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance first owners

BMW i8 PHEV sports cars await their new owners at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. (Photo courtesy BMW)

The first BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports cars were delivered to some pretty elite customers at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance last week, according to the German automaker.

A press release from BMW said the first PHEV BMW i8 was delivered to a customer Friday, Aug. 15. The list of new BMW i8 owners after the event reads like a who’s who of industry, racing, and entertainment influencers. Among the first owners was racing magnate Roger Penske, the release said, though BMW did not make clear if he was the first BMW i8 owner in the ‘States. Another racing guy taking home a BMW i8 reportedly was NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick. In addition to his NASCAR efforts, the release mentioned that Hendrick also happens to be the chairman of Hendrick Automotive Group, which the release called the “second-largest privately held dealership group in the country.”

Others who took possession of BMW i8 PHEVs at Pebble Beach, according to the automaker:

  • Tony Fadell, founder and CEO of Nest, which reinvents unloved home products, like the thermostat.
  • Michael Fux, a pioneer in the mattress and bedding industry and is currently CEO of Comfort Revolution.
  • John Hendricks, founder of the global media company Discovery Communications and Founder of Curiosity Project, a multi-platform service delivering highest-quality deep-dive content to lifelong learners.
  • Barry Klarberg, founder, CEO, Monarch Business and Wealth Management.
  • Miles Nadal, chairman, CEO, president and founder of MDC Partners, one of the largest advertising holding companies worldwide.
  • Sam Nazarian, founder, chairman and CEO of SBE, a leading global hospitality and entertainment company.
  • Patrick Wachsberger, co-chairman of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, a premier next generation global content leader.

The new owners reportedly were treated to a first-class dinner by chef Thomas Keller at the BMW Villa at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Keller reportedly is another of the elite first group of BMW i8 owners in America.

BMW says the BMW i8 PHEV is rated at 76 MPGe and lays down some seriously impressive performance numbers, including 4.6 seconds to 60 MPH and an electronically governed top speed of 155 MPH. Its starting MSRP is $135,700, BMW said. Not quite as affordable as the more pedestrian BMW i3, but it sure is a lot more appealing to look at.

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  • William J. Grossman

    Enjoyed your article. Would you have information as whether any of the recent purchases of the i8 have an interest in selling?

    • Lyndon Johnson

      Haha, I have no idea if these elite new owners of BMW i8 PHEVs would be willing to sell to you, but if you manage to convince any of them to do so, be sure to let us know! It would be pretty awesome to hear the story about the man who bought one of the first BMW i8s from the likes of Roger Penske!